22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” 34 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36 and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.
This passage reminds me that I need to expect Jesus in the ‘down’ times. The disciples had spent the day experiencing Jesus feed 5000+ people miraculously. The ministry high must have been tremendous, but when the moment had passed, and they were back to doing ordinary things (like sailing in a storm) the disciples were unexpectedly met by Jesus. They struggled to take the miraculous faith moment forward into their everyday lives. I come to church/connect group/conferences expecting and experiencing the mighty power of God. But do I expect and look for him in the everyday? In the stormy parts of life where things aren’t going well? Sometimes I think it can be a struggle to see the power of God at work in those moments. And yet Just like Jesus walking out to meet the disciples I am confident that He does the same today for you and I in the quiet times, the ordinary times and in the stormy times. Even the disciples who knew Jesus best did not recognise him immediately. Their fear and their circumstances overwhelmed their capacity for faith. But Jesus did not turn his back. He urged and encouraged them to exercise/grow their faith. Today in your ordinary, your mundane or your storm He is with you and calls you to do the same.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, mighty God of all things, help me to recognise you today in the midst of my circumstances. Thank you that you are standing beside me right now. Help me Lord to take the faith that I have and step ‘out of the boat ‘when you call me. Help me Lord to keep my eyes on you and not on my circumstances. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.
Written by Christine Knight